A road trip is simply incomplete if it does not include snacks. However, all snacks are not created equal. Sure, you can gulp down sugary treats, and it will taste good, but it will not satisfy your hunger. You will no doubt still be hungry after you’ve taken the last bite of it. You are far better off bringing snacks that have a little sustenance to them and will leave you satisfied. The next time you head out on the road, try some of these snacks instead.
When you are craving something crunchy and salty, ditch the chips and eat some nuts instead. Potato chips contain nothing but empty calories. Plus, they’re greasy, so they’ll mess up your steering wheel. On the other hand, nuts are full of healthy, monounsaturated fats and protein, and just a small handful can satisfy your hunger and your cravings.
Stopping at a convenience store for a huge vat of sugary pop does nothing but expand your waistline. Pop has been linked to health maladies such as obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Your best choice for a beverage is good old fashioned water. But, if you crave something with flavour, opt for 100% fruit or vegetable juices. If you need something fizzy, grab some flavoured water or stop by at local town cafe for a freshly made juice.
Fruit is one of the best snacks you can have, and many of them are quite car-friendly. Grapes are great because you can easily pop them in your mouth. You can also easily prepare larger fruits before you head out on your trip by washing them and cutting them into bite-sized pieces. You can also bring packages of dried fruit as well. However, try to avoid fruits that will have waste that needs to be thrown away such as pits and peels.
Candy bars are full of sugar and calories. In fact, one candy bar can have almost 300 calories and 14 grams of fat! That’s not something you want to eat while you’re sitting in a car. Choosing an energy or granola bar instead will give you the protein and fibre your body needs without sending it into a dietary tailspin from which you cannot easily recover.
You can never get enough vegetables, so it’s a good idea to pack them in your car for a quick snack. Baby carrots, celery sticks, and snap peas are all great choices. If you want to add a bit of protein to the mix, bring some peanut butter or hummus for dipping.
Another great choice for snacking in the car is cheese. There are many varieties of low-fat cheese that can be cut into single-serve sizes and packed in the car. Medium-hard cheeses such as Colby and cheddar are perfect for slicing into 40 gram servings (about the size of a domino), which will give the right amount of calcium and other nutrients that will keep you satisfied on your drive and feeling healthy.
Trail mix is a great way to combine healthy snacks like nuts with a little bit of naughtiness like chocolate. Avoid buying the pre-made varieties from grocery stores. They are full of additional fat, sodium, and sugar. Take the time to make your own instead. A quick version you can make at home combines granola, raw nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and a bit of dark chocolate.
The combination of cheese and crackers creates a power-packed duo of complex carbohydrates and lean protein. This one-two punch keeps your hunger at bay for an extended period of time. You can prepare your cheese and cracker snacks at home, or throw some single-serve packages of string cheese and your favourite crackers in a cooler before you set out on your trip.
Yoghurt is a great snack any time of day and anywhere you are. Although it can be difficult to eat a container of yoghurt while you are driving, there are other ways to get this great snack in. Try blending it into a fruit smoothie (two snacks in one!) or throw a travel-friendly tube of yoghurt into your cooler. A serving of yoghurt will provide you with vitamin D, calcium, and also has probiotics that will help your digestive system.
Sandwiches and wraps are perfect for car trips. You can make them with lean proteins and whole grains and also tailor them to suit your tastes. If you are packing meats and cheeses, be sure you bring a cooler to keep them cold. Bringing sandwiches with you will keep you from stopping at the first fast food place you find when you need to eat.
Now that you’ve got your road trip snacks in order, it’s time to hit the road! Mighway provides a range of motorhome rentals for wherever your adventure may take you!